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Destination guide

Explore the Forest of Dean District in holiday lettings

Forest of Dean District is a rural shire with as rich a history as the rolling forested hills that compose the tranquil landscape. Wherever you look for holiday lettings, it likely won’t be far from a cluster of predominant oak and beech trees. Because of the expansive nature and outdoor destinations, Forest of Dean District attracts all types of travellers seeking to be immersed in the beautiful countryside, including families, couples and those travelling solo.

History

History sites near Forest of Dean District holiday homes

Forest of Dean District has a storied past that’s evident from the aged trees and smattering of historic sites accessible from holiday homes, including the late-11th-century St Briavels Castle, a Norman-era construction that stands well-preserved with its stone keep and walls. Similarly, the Goodrich Castle is another Norman medieval castle that was strategically built atop a hill. Equally impressive is the 11th-century Chepstow Castle that still has its high walls and grassy inner courtyard. Dean Heritage Centre may provide you with a comprehensive look at Forest of Dean District’s history and culture.

Things to do

Activities near Forest of Dean District holiday homes

Forest of Dean District is brimming with outdoor and historic sites, and they are all within reach of holiday homes. To fully immerse yourself in the Woodlands, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a gorgeous nature preserve for walking or cycling. Clearwell Caves in Mallard’s Pike will detail how important the centuries of mining was to the region and will also give you an adventurous tour. After you emerge from underground, you could experience the beauty of nature with artistic creativity along the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, a tropical butterfly habitat, has some of the most colourful and exotic butterflies you can imagine.

How to get around

Getting to Forest of Dean District holiday homes

With so much to see and do in Forest of Dean District, it’s nice to be able to seamlessly move about from holiday homes. Many railways provide transport throughout the region, but your best bet may be a bus or coach. If a tram won’t reach your specific destination, multiple private organizations provide door-to-door transport. You can also find two international airports nearby Forest of Dean District in Cardiff and Bristol.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Forest of Dean District

The culinary traditions of Forest of Dean District are influenced in part by its historic forestry and mining industries. One thing you can count on is finding great ale. The vast woodlands were used as a royal hunting ground, and that means many local restaurants have fresh game meats to serve, often a key part of their mincemeat pies. There’s also a good chance that your holiday rental is not far from a gastropub serving the famous Cornish Pasties that are a staple of southwest England cuisine.

Family friendly

Family fun near Forest of Dean District holiday homes

Forest of Dean District provides ample opportunities to step away from the bustle of life and to give you and your family the chance to escape into nature near your holiday rental. With a forest topography, Go Ape in Mallards Pike is a great activity for your kids to enjoy the high ropes courses mingled into the deciduous canopy. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, Perrygrove Railway offers a range of family-friendly activities, including a cute train ride and playground. Sticking with the forest theme is Puzzlewood, a historic forest with mossy rocks and roots that create the whimsical terrain, rumoured to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings. You could always hire bikes at the Pedalabikeaway to casually cycle through one of the many forest paths or try the challenge of mountain biking.

How many holiday rentals are available around Forest of Dean District?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 949 holiday lettings around Forest of Dean District. From 624 cottages to 624 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Forest of Dean District?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Forest of Dean District:

  • Bath City Centre: 233 holiday homes
  • Clifton: 51 holiday homes
  • Diglis: 22 holiday homes
  • Bristol City Centre: 65 holiday homes
  • Bristol Floating Harbour: 80 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Forest of Dean District?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Forest of Dean District. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Lydney Station: 922 holiday lettings
  • Symonds Yat West Leisure Park: 762 holiday lettings
  • Puzzlewood: 780 holiday lettings
  • Go Ape at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire: 808 holiday lettings
  • Forest of Dean Adventure Ropes: 792 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Forest of Dean District listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Forest of Dean District?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 624 Cottages in Forest of Dean District. Our other popular types of Forest of Dean District holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 624 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 115 self catering accommodations
  • Barns: 36 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Forest of Dean District?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 36 holiday homes with pool available in Forest of Dean District. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.